Koreatown Man Gets Prison in 40,000 Fake Erectile Dysfunction Pills Case

Had the pills been genuine, they would have been valued at more than $750,000, prosecutors said.

By Willian Avila
|  Thursday, Aug 29, 2013  |  Updated 1:47 PM PDT
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Man Gets Prison in Fake Pills Case

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A man caught smuggling nearly 40,000 counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills at Los Angeles International Airport was sentenced to 2 1/2  years in federal prison, prosecutors said.

Koreatown resident Kil Jun Lee, 73, was sentenced Monday after being found guilty of smuggling and three counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods.

Most of the 29,827 imitation Viagra pills, 8,993 fake Cialis pills and 793 Levitra look-alikes were discovered in Lee's golf bag by LAX customs officials in February 2012 when he returned from a trip to China that included a stop in his native Korea.

Had the pills been genuine, they would have been valued at more than $750,000, prosecutors said.

The counterfeit pills had inconsistent dose levels and some had no active ingredient at all, investigators said.

During a search of Lee's home, investigators found a small number of counterfeit pills along with several counterfeit labels that were hidden under a rug.

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